Parker Palmer describes breathing as a paradox we all contend with every second of everyday.  It is the basis of not being an either/or kind of person. There is not only the breathing in, but also the breathing out- an endless loop of opposites that can show us a better way to understand the entropic world we are living in, while reveling in its beauty and wonder.  We have to make room for grey areas: misunderstanding as a way to understanding, not knowing as a way to leave room for a deeper knowledge.

In Parallel Universe, Leah Piepgras unveils a new body of work that deals with how subtle shifts in a conscious state affect the relationship with the seen and unseen environment. Under a veil of cognitive science, physics, cosmology and the human time scale, she examines indefinable universal truths.

We are all made of stardust. We are as old as the stars. 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. The rest is composed of another five: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium.  Under different heat and pressure we could have been rocks instead of people.

Consider that there are two timelines; the human timeline; one which has humans in its center, and pushes everything else outside of consideration. The other is that of the universe; one of rocks and trees and sky and earth. Parallel Universe presents the latter: a separate experience that exists in tandem with our own, found through a search for personal phenomena.

Piepgrasā€™ process is rooted in the basic human need to navigate what we don't understand and present an alternative reality.  All of the pieces are made of multi-tudal components and repetitive processes.  These pieces (the eyes, ears, mirrors, carbon) work together individually to dictate the final shape and installation. Crystalline forms become a variation of a thought structure, honed and purified, distilled down to a tangible manifestation.

This project has been supported by a grant from the Artist's Resource Trust.

An interview with Leah Triplet Harrington for The Big Red Shiny.